UCLA Sailing Team

Rose Bowl 2010
Jan 26 2010

A bit of a change of pace from the 6 boat, 25 sailor extravaganza that was North South, only 4 sailors, 1 FJ, and 4 cheerleaders made the trip to long beach for the last weekend of winter break. Marking the end of the ICSA Fall season, Rose Bowl will be the last regatta junior skipper Billy Edwards will spend on the sidelines after being suspended for attempting to stab a competitor on the water last spring (this is a joke, the very mild mannered Edwards is sitting out a quarter to save eligibility for a 5th season). His highly anticipated debut will be at South 1-2, the weekend of January 30th. Alas, I digress.

Winter days in southern California are typically pretty light, and Saturday was no exception as racing got started around noon after a morning delay. In the 26 boat fleet, both A division’s Mark Anders and Neha Bazaj and B divisions Oscar Jasklowski and Tatsuma Woo-Kawaguchi managed 8th and 7th place finishes, with a helping of some mid-fleet finishes as well. At the end of the day, 4 races had been sailed in each division. In loosely related news, an anonymous cheerleader’s crustacean phobia had been elucidated when some lobsters washed up on the beach.

The competitors returned on Sunday, one of them sporting a new, fashionable “mullet” haircut. As excited as “team mullet mayhem wildcard” was to get on the water, this didn’t happen until around 2pm, after A division had finally managed to complete two races. The second race was Anders’ best finish of the weekend, 6th place, which unfortunately wouldn’t be counted because only one race was completed in B division. Jasklowski and Woo-Kawaguchi were plagued by over-earlies this weekend, which is something they will certainly be focusing on improving. “We will certainly be focusing on improving our over-earlies,” commented Woo-Kawaguchi after racing on Sunday. When it was all said and done, both Anders and Jasklowski had finished 12th in their respective divisions, resulting in a 12th place finish overall.

The next stop for the team will be Honolulu, Hawaii, as the annual PJ Wenner Invite is fast approaching. This event will be especially exciting for UCLA as Junior skippers Shannon Walker and Carmen Bozina (team captain) will be making their debuts after being abroad in the fall.

North/South 2009
Jan 26 2010

Upon arriving at the El Capitan Campground on Friday night, the team was greeted with the task of pitching tents in the dark in a 25 knot northerly. Not surprisingly, the next morning the team woke up to two broken tent poles, some broken stakes, and a completely collapsed tent on top of JV skipper Milo Victor.

Expecting more of the same during the day, the cold and tired contingent of 24 sailors, 5 FJs, and 1 laser showed up to Santa Barbara Yacht Club only to find the wind had completely petered out. On the day, only 3 races were sailed in a dead or dying southwesterly in each division. This was the better day for B division’s Jasklowski and Woo Kawaguchi, whose best finish on the day was an 8th. Drew Morton’s back must have been hurting in the laser as he carried the team on that day with 8th, 11th, and 12th place finishes.

Not to be outdone by the previous night, winds on Saturday night again picked up to around 20, keeping everyone good and tired for the next day. Luckily, it’s not hard to find energy to sail when it’s sunny and 75 degrees with a steady helping of dolphins and 10 knots of breeze. Mark Anders and Neha Bazaj made the most of the ideal conditions in A division, winning a race, averaging a 6th on the day, and taking 7th place overall in A-division on the weekend. It’s safe to say that Mark’s back was hurting, as Jasklowski and Morton couldn’t get into much of a groove, not finishing much higher than mid fleet in any of the 8 races on the day. In the end UCLA took 11th in varsity.

UCLA made all kinds of noise in the JV fleet as well, highlighted by senior skipper Eric Dita scoring four 5th place finishes in B division and finishing 5th overall in B. Freshman skipper and crew pair Leo Daube and Emelia Pelliccio had a close encounter with a large seal, resulting in a capsize and the unfortunate loss of an 8th place position, their best of the weekend. All the freshman that made the trip deserve to be congratulated as they continue to improve throughout this young season. After a strong performance in A division, UCLA has high hopes for Rose Bowl, the next major intersectional in Long Beach in January.